The three ultimate safety tips for your warehouse

Safety tips for your warehousing companywarehouse storage safety

As the hub of freight forwarding, the warehouse needs to keep moving in order to drive the company forward, and in this age of cost-effective business, safety is an aspect that cannot be cut. A great level of safety not only prevents accidents, but promotes the image of a forward looking, understanding, and caring management, and is the sign of a firm that will grow in this competitive market. The great news is, it’s never been easier to implement these quick and easy safety tips today.

Directing busy warehouse traffic

1) Lay down lanes using tape or install guardrails

A simple way of directing traffic on a busy warehouse floor. Nowadays operations can expand rapidly, and a warehouse team has to grow to keep up with demand. Many warehouses were not originally designed to deal with such a high level of production. With vehicles operating in zones that’s clearly separate from pedestrians, the main benefit is the reduction of collisions, a common and serious incident. Using lanes also means a diverse workforce can head undisturbed to their destination, without getting caught at bottlenecks. By including airport style arrows, you could also take the opportunity to help new staff reach their destination faster. Warehouses with high amounts of vehicle traffic may want to do all they can to cement these lanes, and installing guardrails are the best way to do this. With a physical barrier, there’s no question of the costly incident of an individual strolling into the path of a forklift.

Suitable clothing in the warehouse storage facility

2) Wear bright clothing

Another great way to improve warehousing safety that’s quick and cost-effective. A range of bright colours are now standard with uniform suppliers, who recognise their need in a hectic working environment. This could be incorporated into a staff uniform, or generally encouraged throughout the warehouse. A workforce that’s always visible makes them more obvious to reversing trucks or forklifts heading around corners. Ultimately it allows team members to literally see they’re valued and cared for.

 Effective logistics training

3) Well developed training programmes

This one is still easy to do, and should come as standard in all warehouses. It’s easy to slip up if you don’t know what you’re doing. Most accidents are the results of simple human errors, but these can have devastating effects. Through training and supervision, employees will be well equipped in preventing and dealing with hazards. This can be done by developing a thorough initial training programme that concludes with a test. Any necessary certifications should be checked too, as well as sufficient English language skills. Fire blankets and extinguishers will be useless if they’re not located quickly and used effectively. It’s also important to ensure team members are properly trained in handling heavy goods, or taking the strain of continuous manual work. Fostering a caring and supportive environment is key to ensuring employees’ happiness, and well-organised companies will also have a buddy/mentor system implemented.

Times have changed dramatically when it comes to safety in the workplace, and modern day warehouses are now the safest they’ve ever been. But whether a minor slip or business-breaking fire, accidents can have a huge effect on operations. Clear lanes and brightly dressed staff will go a long way to reducing the chance of collisions, and thorough training will really prepare the warehouse to deal with accidents before they even occur.

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